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Posted by na.purificato, on 2011-06-26 17:28:12

Set counter tops

hey there, I'm working on/fixing up a 50's inspiration diner set, that I created, and I wanted to make the counter tops Formica. Looking around, Formica is expensive and really only comes in huge sheets, which I don't need. Is there some type of material that could pass as Formica? Thanks! ~Na

Posted by grecodan, on 2011-06-26 17:38:31

I think you'd be better off painting it with a faux formica finish. Either that, or find photos of formica and print out color images onto matte paper. Laminate that to the top of your counter set.

Posted by glenglen, on 2011-06-26 22:31:31

How about door skin veneer? I found this link online but you can buy it at any home improvement store. You can probably spray paint to make it look like formica (after you glue it to the surface, so it won't warp). http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2005750/16932/Veneer-Variety-Pack.aspx?refcode=05INFROO&gdd=147047



Posted by Nick H, on 2011-06-26 19:27:02

I painted some MDF to get a formica look when i did a kitchen set. I had a full scale and 1:6 scale kitchen counter set so I had to do the pattern in two scales anyway. I went for a greenish marbly-blotchy sort of look, and gave it a coat of clear gloss on top. What helped to sell it as a 50's formica benchtop was the metal strip around the edge. Both scales of set can be seen in this excerpt - look for the rats next to the fridge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFr8rU7vs7I Printing out small scale images of formica for the small scale set - that sound like a great idea!

Posted by na.purificato, on 2011-06-26 23:29:37

those are really good ideas, i'm leaning more towards the faux formica finish, cuz the printers available to me aren't that great ha. Thank you!